Wednesday, April 27, 2011

An Unusual Encounter.....

You may remember I blogged in March about the owl that was hanging around our house. I was hoping he would stay around and scare away the birds that were hanging out over my clothesline.   Katy has started calling him Hootie.  Not only are the birds not afraid of him, I've seen the smaller birds swoop down and ruffle his feathers.  Literally!  I was able to get a couple of pictures of him. 

I'm amazed at how big he is!

He seems to move around often but lately we've been seeing him up in the palm tree a lot.


I tried to get a close up so you can see.  When taking this picture, we discovered that there were actually 2 owls up there!  They are not very easy to see but I marked the picture so you could get an idea of where they were.  The day we took these pictures, they were up in the palm tree watching Becky and I plant flowers.  It was a wierd feeling to have those big eyes watching us.  We could see his eyes from down on the ground and it is a very tall tree!

THEN.....a funny thing happened.  Becky was the only one home.  She heard a knocking on the patio door.  She got up to investigate.  This is what she saw......


Not only was he there but he stayed and allowed her to take pictures.


She said each time the flash would go off, Hootie's wings would spread. 
Becky ended up covering the doggie door.  She was afraid he might actually come in. 
It's been interesting getting know Hootie.  :)

8 comments:

Annie said...

Those bottom pictures are incredible!

BellaVida said...

How cool the owl came so close.

Whatever you do don't watch the movie the Forth Kind. lol

Suzanne said...

If you could only see the expression on my face as I read your post! It was like "HOOOOOOOO!!!!" Wow! That's a serious close encounter!

Lori said...

OMGoodness! I have to go get my daughter and share these pictures. They are amaing!

The Zany Housewife said...

Holy mackerel Marlene! Incredible pictures!!! I love, love, love birds.

Kristi said...

That is too funny! Imagine that owl coming to the door and not being scared off. Very strange, indeed. Maybe he was looking for a handout. A panhandling bird. ;-)

Oh Honestly Erin said...

Ahhhh, this is so awesome! I'm obsessed with owls. What a wonderful photo op you were provided with!

Bev said...

I do believe he thinks he's part of your family. What great pictures! Was totally not expecting those last few as I scrolled down. Keep sharing your pics if he keeps coming around.